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John Howard CEO Corner portrait
(1/12/2023)

Why Are Mergers Important?

Happy New Year! I’m excited to welcome you back to Member’s Edge. As we transition into 2023, there is so much to look forward to, including our proposed merger with RTN Federal Credit Union (pending member and regulatory approval). While merging with another credit union is an exciting endeavor, I understand that we all have concerns and questions when changes are proposed. So, I want to share a little bit about the history and benefits of merging credit unions.

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MVCU Haverhill Branch Staff
(1/11/2023)

Leadership Boosts Community at MVCU’s Haverhill Branch

What do you love about your local credit union branch? Is the atmosphere warm and inviting? Do you have a favorite teller that greets you each time you stop by? Is there convenient access to an ATM that accommodates your busy schedule? Whatever your reason may be, it takes a group of talented and hard-working teammates to make each branch a welcoming, community-focused environment. This is exactly what has been established at MVCU’s Haverhill branch led by Branch Manager Taveiry Brito. In this Behind-the-Scenes look at our Haverhill location, Taveiry gets candid about community, leadership and Haverhill’s unique interior design.

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ACH Update
(1/11/2023)

Member IQ: ACH Update

Many members have asked for an improved and seamless process for both receiving direct deposits and making electronic payments. We heard you! You are now able to set up payments from or direct deposits to any or all of your checking, savings, and/or club accounts. You get to decide where your money goes. To do that, we have added a unique ACH Account Number to most accounts. A small number of members may receive a letter from their merchant or employer verifying this new ACH Account Number. If you already have payments and deposits set up, you don’t have to do anything. To set up new payments or deposits, you will use your account’s new unique ACH Account Number.

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MVCU Kasasa Contest Winner
(12/20/2022)

Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Kasasa Announce $2,500 Cash Prize Winner In “These Are My People” Contest

Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) and Kasasa, an award-winning financial technology and marketing provider, announced the winner of the local “These Are My People” contest. Brittanie Ramirez of Lawrence, Mass. won $2,500 to help support human connection with her favorite people. “I was so surprised when I received the call that I won that I didn’t believe that it was true,” said Ramirez. “This money gives me the opportunity to give back to Beyond Soccer, an organization that I was part of growing up here in Lawrence and where I work now as a Coach Mentor. 

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John Howard CEO Corner portrait
(12/15/2022)

Creating a Culture

Welcome back to Member’s Edge. Since the release of our last newsletter MVCU made a major announcement: RTN Federal Credit Union will be merging into Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU), pending member and regulatory approval. As your President & CEO, I am thrilled by the opportunities that will open because of this merger. This endeavor is just another step towards our goal of making MVCU the greatest place anyone has ever worked and the greatest place anyone has ever banked.

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Zobeida Duarte
(12/14/2022)

Women in Charge: MVCU’s Zobeida Duarte on Growing Up at MVCU

What does it mean to "grow up" in our credit union? How does starting your career while taking college courses affect your learning? These questions are answered in the story of Zobeida Duarte, one of MVCU's many female leaders who has found both growth and success in her nine-plus years here at MVCU. (And she's just getting started!)

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Santa and Mrs. Claus at Bridgewater Credit Union
(12/14/2022)

Santa, Sorting Hats, and Spreading Cheer: MVCU’s Brings Back Annual Holiday Parties After Hiatus

Christmas trees! Santa! Presents! Snow! And… Harry Potter? MVCU members, teammates, and community members alike celebrated the holiday season with TWO wonderful parties in our Lawrence and Bridgewater offices. Check out this recap of our awesome holiday events!

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toy, drive, donation
(12/13/2022)

MVCU Hosts Holiday Toy Drive to Support Local Children in Need

To support children in need and spread cheer this holiday season, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) held a toy drive at each of its ten branch locations. Each branch collected new, unwrapped toys to be donated to various organizations throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. To support as many children as possible throughout the credit union’s field of membership, MVCU donated toys to numerous organizations from Seabrook, NH, to Fairhaven.

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Plymouth Public Library Foundation Donation
(12/08/2022)

MVCU Donates $10,000 to Plymouth Public Library Foundation

On Monday, Dec. 5, Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU), established a new community partnership with the Plymouth Public Library Foundation (PPLF), making a $10,000 donation that will support the foundation’s public events through the end of 2023, including its golf tournament, arts & crafts festival and the annual Taste of the Town. The partnership will also include the development of a free financial literacy program that MVCU will launch in conjunction with the Plymouth Public Library next year.

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MVCU Food Donation at MVFB
(11/23/2022)

MVCU Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to Support Local Food Banks

LAWRENCE, MA — In celebration of the season of giving, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) is helping local families in need enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners with loved ones. This year, MVCU’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collected goods to support the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB). Taking place in early November, MVCU members and employees generously donated boxed, canned and non-perishable goods including stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, hot cocoa and much more. The drive was held in MVCU’s Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, North Andover, Plaistow and Seabrook branch locations where, in total, MVCU collected a whopping 720 pounds of food for the MVFB.

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John Howard CEO Corner November 2022
(11/15/2022)

What Does OneTeam Mean to Me?

I first want to welcome you to Member’s Edge, our expanded news section on mvcu.com. Here, you’ll enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at your credit union and the teammates who make Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) and Bridgewater Credit Union (BCU) wonderful places to work and bank. At MVCU and BCU, we consider ourselves a part of OneTeam; a team made up of many branches, many team members, and many members. We work together to support each other, and we’re all aligned towards the common goal of making this the best place anyone has ever worked or banked.

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Paul Carriere MVCU
(11/15/2022)

Mortgages & Mobiles: Meet MVCU’s New Mortgage Loan Originator

What comes to mind when you consider your mortgage loan originator? How about snowmobile collections, hockey games, and a fresh plate of pasta? If you’re surprised, it’s time to meet Paul Carriere, Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s newest addition to its mortgage lending team. Paul, who officially joined MVCU’s mortgage lending department this past August, boasts over twenty-five years of financial industry experience. His career began while attending Merrimack College, where he worked as a customer service representative at a consumer finance company.

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Bridgewater Credit Union Plymouth Branch interior
(11/15/2022)

History and Community Converge in New Plymouth Branch

As you step inside Bridgewater Credit Union, A Division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s new Plymouth Branch, you’ll notice some elements that feel familiar and others that feel rather new. You are still welcomed by the friendly tellers of Plymouth’s previous location and enjoy the same services that all our branches provide. But this new space offers even more: a modern design with bright natural lighting and unique ties to the local community. Let’s go Behind-the-Scenes at BCU’s new branch for the story behind its unique look, and the manager who leads its team.

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MVCU Check Presentation
(11/07/2022)

MVCU Donates $30,000 to Haverhill's Emmaus, INC.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) donated $30,000 to Emmaus, Inc., a homeless shelter in Haverhill, MA. This annual donation is a continuation of the support MVCU has provided the non-profit since 1994. MVCU is Emmaus' longest running and largest corporate partner, contributing over $500,000 to the non-profit over nearly three decades. Emmaus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and affordable housing to families and individuals facing homelessness.

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MVCU, documents, shredding, security
(9/10/2022)

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Hosts Annual Shred-It Day

Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) hosted its annual Shred It Day on Saturday, September 10. During the event, which was held at MCVU’s North Andover and Plymouth branches, members of the credit union brought in old, unwanted documents to be shredded. MVCU Members travelled from throughout the Merrimack Valley, including Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill, to visit the Andover branch.

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MVCU, scholarship, awards, recipient
(6/28/2022)

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Awards $16,500 in Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

On Wednesday, June 22, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) awarded a total of $16,500 in scholarships to 15 high school students from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Nina Tiani was the inaugural recipient of the Lisa Lewis Goodman Community Spirit Award of $2,500, and the other 14 recipients received $1,000 scholarships.  Nine students were able to attend the scholarship presentation in person with their families, while two attended via Zoom.

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merrimack heart icon
(4/29/2022)

Merrimack Valley Credit Union partners with Methuen High School on Credit for Life Fair

Lawrence, Mass. (March 30, 2022) – For the first time since 2019, more than 200 Methuen High School seniors participated in a “Credit for Life” fair on Friday, March 25. Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) partnered with Methuen High School to present this opportunity for students to take a hands-on approach to budgeting and managing their money.

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merrimack heart icon
(4/29/2022)

Merrimack Valley Credit Union members and employees showed a lot of heart in February

Lawrence, Mass. (March 15, 2022) – In honor of American Heart Month, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) held a fundraiser throughout February to raise money for the American Heart Association. The MVCU branch team sold hearts for a minimum donation of $2.00 with MVCU employees also contributing, raising a total of $3,608.99.

Read More

John Howard CEO Corner portrait

Why Are Mergers Important?

Happy New Year! I’m excited to welcome you back to Member’s Edge. As we transition into 2023, there is so much to look forward to, including our proposed merger with RTN Federal Credit Union (pending member and regulatory approval). While merging with another credit union is an exciting endeavor, I understand that we all have concerns and questions when changes are proposed. So, I want to share a little bit about the history and benefits of merging credit unions.

Read More

MVCU Haverhill Branch Staff

Leadership Boosts Community at MVCU’s Haverhill Branch

What do you love about your local credit union branch? Is the atmosphere warm and inviting? Do you have a favorite teller that greets you each time you stop by? Is there convenient access to an ATM that accommodates your busy schedule? Whatever your reason may be, it takes a group of talented and hard-working teammates to make each branch a welcoming, community-focused environment. This is exactly what has been established at MVCU’s Haverhill branch led by Branch Manager Taveiry Brito. In this Behind-the-Scenes look at our Haverhill location, Taveiry gets candid about community, leadership and Haverhill’s unique interior design.

Read More

ACH Update

Member IQ: ACH Update

Many members have asked for an improved and seamless process for both receiving direct deposits and making electronic payments. We heard you! You are now able to set up payments from or direct deposits to any or all of your checking, savings, and/or club accounts. You get to decide where your money goes. To do that, we have added a unique ACH Account Number to most accounts. A small number of members may receive a letter from their merchant or employer verifying this new ACH Account Number. If you already have payments and deposits set up, you don’t have to do anything. To set up new payments or deposits, you will use your account’s new unique ACH Account Number.

Read More

MVCU Kasasa Contest Winner

Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Kasasa Announce $2,500 Cash Prize Winner In “These Are My People” Contest

Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) and Kasasa, an award-winning financial technology and marketing provider, announced the winner of the local “These Are My People” contest. Brittanie Ramirez of Lawrence, Mass. won $2,500 to help support human connection with her favorite people. “I was so surprised when I received the call that I won that I didn’t believe that it was true,” said Ramirez. “This money gives me the opportunity to give back to Beyond Soccer, an organization that I was part of growing up here in Lawrence and where I work now as a Coach Mentor. 

Read More

John Howard CEO Corner portrait

Creating a Culture

Welcome back to Member’s Edge. Since the release of our last newsletter MVCU made a major announcement: RTN Federal Credit Union will be merging into Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU), pending member and regulatory approval. As your President & CEO, I am thrilled by the opportunities that will open because of this merger. This endeavor is just another step towards our goal of making MVCU the greatest place anyone has ever worked and the greatest place anyone has ever banked.

Read More

Zobeida Duarte

Women in Charge: MVCU’s Zobeida Duarte on Growing Up at MVCU

What does it mean to "grow up" in our credit union? How does starting your career while taking college courses affect your learning? These questions are answered in the story of Zobeida Duarte, one of MVCU's many female leaders who has found both growth and success in her nine-plus years here at MVCU. (And she's just getting started!)

Read More

Santa and Mrs. Claus at Bridgewater Credit Union

Santa, Sorting Hats, and Spreading Cheer: MVCU’s Brings Back Annual Holiday Parties After Hiatus

Christmas trees! Santa! Presents! Snow! And… Harry Potter? MVCU members, teammates, and community members alike celebrated the holiday season with TWO wonderful parties in our Lawrence and Bridgewater offices. Check out this recap of our awesome holiday events!

Read More

toy, drive, donation

MVCU Hosts Holiday Toy Drive to Support Local Children in Need

To support children in need and spread cheer this holiday season, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) held a toy drive at each of its ten branch locations. Each branch collected new, unwrapped toys to be donated to various organizations throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. To support as many children as possible throughout the credit union’s field of membership, MVCU donated toys to numerous organizations from Seabrook, NH, to Fairhaven.

Read More

Plymouth Public Library Foundation Donation

MVCU Donates $10,000 to Plymouth Public Library Foundation

On Monday, Dec. 5, Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU), established a new community partnership with the Plymouth Public Library Foundation (PPLF), making a $10,000 donation that will support the foundation’s public events through the end of 2023, including its golf tournament, arts & crafts festival and the annual Taste of the Town. The partnership will also include the development of a free financial literacy program that MVCU will launch in conjunction with the Plymouth Public Library next year.

Read More

MVCU Food Donation at MVFB

MVCU Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to Support Local Food Banks

LAWRENCE, MA — In celebration of the season of giving, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) is helping local families in need enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners with loved ones. This year, MVCU’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collected goods to support the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB). Taking place in early November, MVCU members and employees generously donated boxed, canned and non-perishable goods including stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, hot cocoa and much more. The drive was held in MVCU’s Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, North Andover, Plaistow and Seabrook branch locations where, in total, MVCU collected a whopping 720 pounds of food for the MVFB.

Read More

John Howard CEO Corner November 2022

What Does OneTeam Mean to Me?

I first want to welcome you to Member’s Edge, our expanded news section on mvcu.com. Here, you’ll enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at your credit union and the teammates who make Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) and Bridgewater Credit Union (BCU) wonderful places to work and bank. At MVCU and BCU, we consider ourselves a part of OneTeam; a team made up of many branches, many team members, and many members. We work together to support each other, and we’re all aligned towards the common goal of making this the best place anyone has ever worked or banked.

Read More

Paul Carriere MVCU

Mortgages & Mobiles: Meet MVCU’s New Mortgage Loan Originator

What comes to mind when you consider your mortgage loan originator? How about snowmobile collections, hockey games, and a fresh plate of pasta? If you’re surprised, it’s time to meet Paul Carriere, Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s newest addition to its mortgage lending team. Paul, who officially joined MVCU’s mortgage lending department this past August, boasts over twenty-five years of financial industry experience. His career began while attending Merrimack College, where he worked as a customer service representative at a consumer finance company.

Read More

Bridgewater Credit Union Plymouth Branch interior

History and Community Converge in New Plymouth Branch

As you step inside Bridgewater Credit Union, A Division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s new Plymouth Branch, you’ll notice some elements that feel familiar and others that feel rather new. You are still welcomed by the friendly tellers of Plymouth’s previous location and enjoy the same services that all our branches provide. But this new space offers even more: a modern design with bright natural lighting and unique ties to the local community. Let’s go Behind-the-Scenes at BCU’s new branch for the story behind its unique look, and the manager who leads its team.

Read More

MVCU Check Presentation

MVCU Donates $30,000 to Haverhill's Emmaus, INC.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) donated $30,000 to Emmaus, Inc., a homeless shelter in Haverhill, MA. This annual donation is a continuation of the support MVCU has provided the non-profit since 1994. MVCU is Emmaus' longest running and largest corporate partner, contributing over $500,000 to the non-profit over nearly three decades. Emmaus, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and affordable housing to families and individuals facing homelessness.

Read More

MVCU, documents, shredding, security

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Hosts Annual Shred-It Day

Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) hosted its annual Shred It Day on Saturday, September 10. During the event, which was held at MCVU’s North Andover and Plymouth branches, members of the credit union brought in old, unwanted documents to be shredded. MVCU Members travelled from throughout the Merrimack Valley, including Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill, to visit the Andover branch.

Read More

MVCU, scholarship, awards, recipient

Merrimack Valley Credit Union Awards $16,500 in Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

On Wednesday, June 22, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) awarded a total of $16,500 in scholarships to 15 high school students from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Nina Tiani was the inaugural recipient of the Lisa Lewis Goodman Community Spirit Award of $2,500, and the other 14 recipients received $1,000 scholarships.  Nine students were able to attend the scholarship presentation in person with their families, while two attended via Zoom.

Read More

merrimack heart icon

Merrimack Valley Credit Union partners with Methuen High School on Credit for Life Fair

Lawrence, Mass. (March 30, 2022) – For the first time since 2019, more than 200 Methuen High School seniors participated in a “Credit for Life” fair on Friday, March 25. Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) partnered with Methuen High School to present this opportunity for students to take a hands-on approach to budgeting and managing their money.

Read More

merrimack heart icon

Merrimack Valley Credit Union members and employees showed a lot of heart in February

Lawrence, Mass. (March 15, 2022) – In honor of American Heart Month, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) held a fundraiser throughout February to raise money for the American Heart Association. The MVCU branch team sold hearts for a minimum donation of $2.00 with MVCU employees also contributing, raising a total of $3,608.99.

Read More

merrimack heart icon

Merrimack Valley Credit Union launches checking account program that rewards members

LAWRENCE, MASS. — Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) revamped their account line up at the end of 2021 by adding two new rewards checking accounts: Kasasa Cash® and Kasasa Cash Back®. Rounding out the additions is the Kasasa Saver® account, a savings account that is paired with either of the Kasasa checking accounts. All of the new accounts are now available to new and existing members.

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